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The Ford Bronco Riptide shows off the SUV’s fun side

Automaker proves there are no limits to its popular car

The Ford Bronco Riptide can go to the beach and play in the sand. PHOTO FROM FORD

Like many people, all we want to do sometimes is to just let loose and have a little fun at the beach. And when petrolheads go there, it’s often a good excuse to take their cars for a long drive. Those cars can sometimes be Volkswagen Kombis (because it just feels appropriate) or beach buggies.

Bilstein shocks and Dana axles give the Bronco Riptide all the articulation it needs. PHOTOS FROM FORD

The Ford Bronco Riptide shows what the sport-ute is capable of with accessories attached. It’s based on a Velocity Blue vehicle with the Sasquatch Package, which includes 35-inch mud-terrain tires on 17-inch factory wheels with optional Ford Performance beadlock rings, Dana AdvanTEK electronic locking front and rear axles, a suspension lift with Bilstein position-sensitive long-travel shock absorbers, and the factory Terrain Management System.

The Bronco is already a very capable base package, so not much else was needed to turn it into the perfect beach companion. There is no roof, and the doors are replaced with tubular gates. The seats are trimmed in Black Onyx and Dark Space Gray marine-grade vinyl, and there’s rubberized washout flooring to make cleaning up a lot easier.

If you’re curious about what specific accessories are fitted to the Bronco Riptide, here they are:

  • Bestop mesh-style Bikini top
  • Yakima bike rack with Santa Cruz mountain bikes
  • Rigid Industries LED bar and mirror-mount off-road lights
  • Almond surfboards
  • Ford prototype front steel bumper
The surfboard rack apparently doesn't get in the way of the mesh top. PHOTOS FROM FORD

Additionally, prototype cross bars that bolt onto the factory sports bars were made to show how overhead racks can be easily attached without interfering with the aftermarket soft top.

The Bronco has a modular design, and its versatility allows the car to adapt to any situation that you throw at it. We can’t wait to see what else can be done with the vehicle as more customers finally get their hands on one.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.